SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Bill 1889 (Mullin), which passed out of the Senate today allowing bond money to be spent on High Speed Rail-related projects without certification by an independent consultant.
“High Speed Rail is shaping up to be the most colossal waste of taxpayer money in the history of California. Now we have this bill that is going to spend the bond money in a way that was never authorized by the voters.
“Let’s not double down on a terrible project by siphoning money behind taxpayers’ backs. Our roads are crumbling and I keep hearing that we need higher gas taxes, higher registration fees, to pay for these desperately needed repairs. If it’s really desperate, why are we going to waste a hundred billion dollars on this rail project?
“High Speed Rail is a disaster that robs money from better, more useful infrastructure projects and I’m extremely disappointed my colleagues passed this bill out of the Senate.”
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.